Why data caps are useless
Before I explain this it is very important to understand one thing. The Internet "data" is not in limited supply. What is in limited supply is bandwidth. Picture a 4 lane highway. At midnight the highway is virtually empty, so a lone car is free to travel very quickly and easily, but during rush hour, that same car gets slowed to a crawl when it is caught in the congestion. The internet works the same way as the highway. It does not matter how much data gets used, but how many people are trying to access data at the same time. This is why, during peak hours, the internet is naturally a little slower. The internet is not going to run out of data, and imposing data caps do nothing to curb sporadic bandwidth spikes. And even when bandwidth spikes, all that happens is surfing gets a little slower for everybody. This happens naturally, and doesn't require any penaltie fees. Up until a month ago, I had a great respect for cox communications, but this is simply a way to gauge money from people. I will be discussing this in person with some employees in the near future. Hopefuly they can provide a logical explanation for this nonsense.